How it works
I ask a few simple questions about your wedding day including date, location, a colour theme so I can provide a number of tailored packages to choose from.
I arrive on the wedding day (suitable attired) to setup & position the dove release baskets. I also provide any last-minute instructions on how to release the dove.
I will release the birds at your direction, or assist you with releasing them yourself. When the doves are released they ascend into the sky creating a magical & memorable moment which is echoed by the crowds amazed reaction and cheers.
In no way are the birds harmed.
Doves are capable of flying hundreds of miles back to their home. Their health, happiness and safety are of primary concern. We can make any special occasion unforgettable. We specialise in ceremonies that will provide memories that will last a lifetime.
When the doves are released, they usually circle overhead several times, allowing the crowd to admire their beauty fully. A dove release is a symbolic and breathtaking touch to every ceremony, from the most intimate family gathering to the grandest affair.
I don't release the doves in bad weather e.g. fog, thunderstorms. Some rain is fine as the doves actually like the rain but not a heavy downpour.
Peace on earth, love, hope, joy, comfort, faith, perseverance and strength, grace, purity, praise, goodwill to all, new beginning, unity, wealth, wisdom, honor, glory, fidelity. I'm sure there are other symbolisms associated with the dove. When you think of something perfect, a white dove comes to mind.
They will circle until they get their bearings and then they will fly back to their home in Dublin. I never release any bird that hasn't been trained to fly the distance home.
Rock doves have been studied for many years it is pure instinct and intensive training starting at a young age which enables the doves to safely return home following each release,they navigate by being able to sense the earth's magnetic field. The birds cannot do this alone, a professional handler needs to train the doves slowly to enhance their natural homing ability.
This is the most important question of all! I always have two I.D. bands on all of my doves.
One band is a registration band with the Irish homing union, this band will show the year the bird was hatched and the registration number. It's kind of like the Irish kennel club. You can call the Irish homing union or look on their website. They can tell you who owns the bird along with contact information. Each of my birds also carry another coloured band to identify its family.All of my birds also carry a stamp under its wing with my phone number This makes it easier to locate me in case a bird goes down. I will come and pick up any of my birds and bring it home to safety.
No. Please do not hire anyone who doesn't band their birds. This should be the first question you ask when hiring a dove release company for your event. If the birds gets lost or hangs out around a church or reception hall, you could be held responsible for removing the birds. If someone doesn't band their birds, they don't care enough about the birds to make sure they are home safe after each release. All birds must have some form of an I.D. band. Although I have rescued lost birds, www.wed.testing.ie is not a lost bird rescue company. Without a band I can't help you find the owner.
No. The doves can't see very well at night and won't fly.I would never release birds unless the conditions are safe for them. I have to allow them enough time to fly home safely before dark.
No. Please don't try it. The small white ring neck doves make great pets but they don't have the homing instinct. Releasing them would be cruel. They will fly to the nearest bush or tree and will stay there until they are rescued or fall prey to predators.
If you have any questions that I haven't answered here, please contact me and I would be more then happy to answer them for you.